History IdiotHero / VideoGames

12th Jun '16 3:24:48 PM cybertoy0
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* Adell from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Adell is far from an idiot in most matters that don't conflict with his HonorBeforeReason out-look on life... but -- as noted by Rozalin in the page quote -- ''having'' that outlook seems practically suicidal, given that he is the only human left in a world overrun by demons. This makes him both a perfect, defining example of this trope and a subversion of it at the same time, if that makes sense. He has proven capable of providing great insight, and can solve complex Geopuzzles within seconds without even thinking too hard, which astounds his most recent friends (who thought of him as a more archetypical idiot). He even lampshades this himself a few times: it's not that he doesn't see the problems with his approach to things, it's that [[LawfulStupid his code of honor won't let him do anything other than formally challenging his enemies head-on]], so he puts those problems out of his mind and proceeds on faith. Also worth noting is that Adell is the OnlySaneMan of the game, and he knows it.

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* From ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** From ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', we have '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!'''. He's a celebrated champion of justice who has saved the Earth and brought down many villains in his backstory. He's also something of a good-natured blowhard who's eagerness and ego tend to override forethought; When planning to escape from Laharl's enslavement, he hoped to steal the spaceship he used to enter the Netherworld, only to realize that said ship was destroyed when he and his crew crashlanded, something said crew already remembered.
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Adell from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Adell is far from an idiot in most matters that don't conflict with his HonorBeforeReason out-look on life... but -- as noted by Rozalin in the page quote -- ''having'' that outlook seems practically suicidal, given that he is the only human left in a world overrun by demons. This makes him both a perfect, defining example of this trope and a subversion of it at the same time, if that makes sense. He has proven capable of providing great insight, and can solve complex Geopuzzles within seconds without even thinking too hard, which astounds his most recent friends (who thought of him as a more archetypical idiot). He even lampshades this himself a few times: it's not that he doesn't see the problems with his approach to things, it's that [[LawfulStupid his code of honor won't let him do anything other than formally challenging his enemies head-on]], so he puts those problems out of his mind and proceeds on faith. Also worth noting is that Adell is the OnlySaneMan of the game, and he knows it.


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** Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' acts like this; he gets obsessed over minute details, obsessed with sardines, and tends to believe almost everything he's told. In a DLC plotline detailing his first meeting with Fenrich, he's explained how he's managed to survive so long with this mindset; He's so strong he's never needed to think things through.
12th Apr '16 11:38:46 PM superkeijikun
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** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.

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** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.
12th Apr '16 11:38:10 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' were filled with conversation options to allow for the player to be the Idiot Hero, and you can even lower your [=INT=] below 4 and have your character be mentally retarded. While ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' didn't have this option, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' writes it back in (possibly owing to the fact its developers include Black Isle refugees and thus are fond of making throwbacks to the first two games), albeit in a somewhat more limited degree than its predecessors.
** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely functioning retard, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' were filled with conversation options to allow for the player to be the Idiot Hero, and you can even lower your [=INT=] below 4 and have your character be mentally retarded.stunted. While ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' didn't have this option, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' writes it back in (possibly owing to the fact its developers include Black Isle refugees and thus are fond of making throwbacks to the first two games), albeit in a somewhat more limited degree than its predecessors.
** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely functioning retard, mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.
30th Jan '16 3:00:57 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The hero of the sequel, Avan, takes this to UpToEleven levels in that he scored a ''negative ten'' on his last exam, according to his backstory. In fact, he's so stupid, some fans have begun theorizing that he's batshit insane.

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** The hero of the sequel, Avan, ''Anime/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', Avan Hardins, takes this to UpToEleven levels in that he scored a ''negative ten'' on his last exam, according to his backstory. In fact, he's so stupid, some fans have begun theorizing that he's batshit insane. It's worth noting that he's the only example of this among the franchise's main heroes, with the others being highly capable tacticians.
8th Jan '16 12:49:45 PM Willbyr
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* There are idiot heroes, and then there is Ethan Kairos of ''TimeHollow''. When his friend Morris tells him of a book about parallel universes that might greatly inform his current predicament, Ethan thinks about it for a moment - then decides he can't be bothered to retrieve it from their clubhouse and wants to go to a nearby antique shop instead. He routinely, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stubbornly refuses]] to acknowledge the blindingly obvious and just as often fails to do ''anything'' to follow the leads that are actively handed to him. He's also a bit of an unlikable prick.

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* There are idiot heroes, and then there is Ethan Kairos of ''TimeHollow''.''VisualNovel/TimeHollow''. When his friend Morris tells him of a book about parallel universes that might greatly inform his current predicament, Ethan thinks about it for a moment - then decides he can't be bothered to retrieve it from their clubhouse and wants to go to a nearby antique shop instead. He routinely, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stubbornly refuses]] to acknowledge the blindingly obvious and just as often fails to do ''anything'' to follow the leads that are actively handed to him. He's also a bit of an unlikable prick.
7th Jan '16 6:54:37 PM nombretomado
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* Roger Wilco from ''SpaceQuest'' isn't the sharpest tool in the janitor closet. The only reason he manages to momentarily escape his janitorial vocation in Space Quest 5 is because he cheats on a test and a mouse chews up the wires in the test's scoring computer. Still, the guy managest to step up to the plate and save the galaxy more times than he's had showers because he has the IndyPloy down to a science.

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* Roger Wilco from ''SpaceQuest'' ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' isn't the sharpest tool in the janitor closet. The only reason he manages to momentarily escape his janitorial vocation in Space ''VideoGame/{{Space Quest 5 V|The Next Mutation}}'' is because he cheats on a test and a mouse chews up the wires in the test's scoring computer. Still, the guy managest to step up to the plate and save the galaxy more times than he's had showers because he has the IndyPloy down to a science.
20th Dec '15 6:58:02 PM Gingerkitteh
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** Laguna from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII is an Idiot Hero compared to a serious and stoic Squall. At least his story is served as a LighterAndSofter chapters and {{foil}} to the main story. How bad he is? His two buddies [[DeadpanSnarker snark him all the time for his idiocy.]]

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** Laguna from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII is an Idiot Hero compared to a serious and stoic Squall. At least his story is served as a LighterAndSofter chapters and {{foil}} to the main story. How bad he is? is he? His two buddies [[DeadpanSnarker snark him all the time for his idiocy.]]
18th Dec '15 11:16:43 PM nombretomado
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* Yuri from ''ShadowHearts'' and its sequel. Deviates from the norm in that he's a {{Badass}} who also serves as a LampshadeHanging StraightMan to the inherent weirdness of the ''Shadow Hearts'' universe.

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* Yuri from ''ShadowHearts'' ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' and its sequel. Deviates from the norm in that he's a {{Badass}} who also serves as a LampshadeHanging StraightMan to the inherent weirdness of the ''Shadow Hearts'' universe.
17th Nov '15 9:32:31 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''VideoGame/MocoMocoFriends'', Moco ''barely'' graduated from school.
23rd Oct '15 9:41:55 AM MrUnderhill
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* Averted wholesale in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. The protagonist Shulk is actually quite intelligent, but is inexperienced. Even Reyn, who would normally be [[DumbMuscle next in line]] for the title, is well-spoken and capable of reasoned debate. You can count the total moments of protagonist stupidity that aren't due to misinformation or traps on one hand.

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* Averted wholesale in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. The protagonist Shulk is actually quite intelligent, but is inexperienced. Even Reyn, who would normally be [[DumbMuscle next in line]] for the title, is well-spoken and capable of reasoned debate.debate [[BookDumb despite his lack of book learning]]. You can count the total moments of protagonist stupidity that aren't due to misinformation or traps on one hand.
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